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New Theater Season Opens From Mosaic and Woolly Mammoth to The Ensemble
August 15 – August 28, 2019

In Washington, DC, the Mosaic Theater opened Season Five with “Fabulation,” Wednesday, August 21. Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Award recipient, wrote the satirical tale that follows successful African-American publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. The two-hour production comes with one intermission and contains profanity, drug use, and sexual content.

Arena Stage kicks off the 2019/20 season with a free Community Day and Props Sale Saturday, August 24, from 1p to 6p. The day will feature a prop sale with pieces from Arena Stage productions for sale, performances from an award nominated tap dancer, and a behind-the-scenes Q&A with the Arena Stage production team.

Woolly Mammoth opens season number 40 Monday, September 9 with “Fairview.” The play “is a game-changing original work about race,” says artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes. In this 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Beverly insists the celebration for Grandma’s birthday be perfect. But her husband is useless, her sister is into the wine, and her daughter’s secrets are threatening to derail the day. Meanwhile a group of spectators has put them all under surveillance. The voyeurs launch an invasion on the festivities, forcing the family to battle for their very identities.

In New York City, the National Black Theater is celebrating 51 years of producing theatrical, authentic stories about the Black experience. At press time, they have not released their new schedule. In Saint Louis, The Black Rep opens  season 43 with “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” Friday, September  6. 

In Memphis, Hattiloo, has opened with “Jelly’s Last Jam,” through Sunday, September 1. And, in Houston, The Ensemble Theater opens with a play set in Ghana, “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play," on Saturday, September 14.
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